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Paragliding World Championships: Joanna Di Grigioli

Paragliding World Championships: Joanna Di Grigioli

Before the Paragliding World Championships started in Roldanillo we interviewed a few of the pilots in a bid to get to know them better. We’ll be running a few of those interviews here on XCmag.com during the competition. Here we catch up with Venezuelan pilot Joanna Di Grigoli, 36. Well known on the international comp […]





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Who won the wing? Prize draw winners revealed

Who won the wing? Prize draw winners revealed

The winners of the 2015 Cross Country Subscriber’s Draw are: Tormod Helgesen (NORWAY): Wing of Your Choice Damon Cokenias (USA): Harness from Supair Jon Magnus Sandvik (NORWAY): Flytec Element Todd Roberts (USA): Babu Adventure Camp Holiday Eric Miller (USA): Day’s Fly Guiding with Sup’Air team pilots Thomas Mullin (USA): Velodrom Sunglasses Marek Glos (IRELAND): Xcertina […]





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Paragliding World Championships 2015: Seb Ospina

Paragliding World Championships 2015: Seb Ospina

Before the Paragliding World Championships started in Roldanillo we interviewed a few of the less well known pilots in a bid to get to know them better. We’ll be running a few of those interviews here on XCmag.com during the competition. We kick off with Juan Sebastian Ospina, 25, better known to all as Seb. […]





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Paragliding World Championships 2015: Task videos

Paragliding World Championships 2015: Task videos

We were out and about on launch at the Paragliding World Championships in Roldanillo, Colombia, during Task 3. And Belgium pilot Tom Ceunen has been the competition’s eye in the sky… • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Subscribe to Cross Country. Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home





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‘Better than Christmas!’ On launch with the pilots at Task 2

‘Better than Christmas!’ On launch with the pilots at Task 2

We headed to launch to talk to some of the pilots at the Paragliding World Championships in Roldanillo, Colombia. • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Subscribe to Cross Country. Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home





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Archive: Yassen Savov on fire at the PWC Superfinal 2013

Archive: Yassen Savov on fire at the PWC Superfinal 2013

Yassen Savov flirted with fire in the PWC Superfinal in Colombia in 2013. We published his story in issue 146 of Cross Country magazine. As the issue of flying in fire thermals raises its head again at the 14th FAI Paragliding World Championships, we publish his amazing story online. By Yassen Savov, former European Paragliding […]





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Understanding fire thermals, pyrocumulus and pyroCb

Understanding fire thermals, pyrocumulus and pyroCb

The practice task at the Paragliding World Championships in Colombia has already thrown up an interesting point of contention: flying in fire thermals. As we report on the Airtribune blog: The land around the site here is agricultural, with a lot of space given over to sugarcane. When the farmers burn off the stubble they […]





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2017 Paragliding Worlds: Location Vote

2017 Paragliding Worlds: Location Vote

Where do you want the 2017 Paragliding World Championships to be held? We are looking for international competition pilots to take part in this online poll: just choose your preferred venue. Please DO NOT vote if there’s no chance of you being there, though! The aim is to help CIVL gauge pilot opinion before their […]





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Podcast: Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg – Dirtbag Diaries

Podcast: Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg – Dirtbag Diaries

There comes a stage in a great athlete’s career when the pursuit of technical difficulty takes a back seat. It gives way to simplicity, an aesthetic and possibly to an iconic style that leaves an impression on a sport. Will Gadd is one of the most accomplished mountain athletes ever. Most people know him as […]





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Roldanillo goes into party mode to welcome Worlds pilots

Roldanillo goes into party mode to welcome Worlds pilots

The 14th FAI Paragliding World Championships kicked off today in Roldanillo, Colombia, with a grand fiesta-style opening parade welcoming 148 pilots from 38 countries around the world. A Colombian military marching band led the pilots through the streets before they arrived in the town square. Locals lined the route cheering them on over two hours, […]





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Cross Country at the Paragliding World Championships 2015

Cross Country at the Paragliding World Championships 2015

The 14th FAI Paragliding World Championships starts on Saturday in Colombia – and Cross Country is heading south to join in the fun. We’ll be reporting from the event, bringing you news, comment, analysis, photos and interviews each day, all here on XCmag.com. The competition starts on 10 January and will run for two weeks. […]





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Forgotten Island: Full length film from Nova

Forgotten Island: Full length film from Nova

Watch the full length version of Forgotten Island, the award-winning film of the Nova team flying on the remote island of Socotra. • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com Subscribe to Cross Country. Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home





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ITV Billy, paramotor wing review

ITV Billy, paramotor wing review

The first thing that crossed my mind when handed this wing to review was “Why call it Billy?” ITV head honcho Heniu Dyduch didn’t really help, cryptically saying: “It’s a joke, between friends, you had to be there to understand.” He did go on to say “this kind of name works well, everybody remembers it, […]





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Niviuk Artik 4 review, EN C

Niviuk Artik 4 review, EN C

I was a big fan of the Artik 3. In fact I liked it so much that I bought an Icepeak 6. That might sound like an insult but it’s not; I felt the Artik 3 was the glider where everything came together for Niviuk. Smooth responsive handling; great for coring; good glide at speed; […]





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Understanding aspect ratio – what it means for EN B and you

Understanding aspect ratio – what it means for EN B and you

Paraglider design has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last five years. Sharknose technology, stiffening battens, 3D panel shaping and more efficient line layouts have all worked together to create better, punchier gliders that collapse less frequently and are a pleasure to fly. However, gliders have also got skinner – as technology has got […]





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Cross Country Travel Guide 2015 – Free to subscribers

Cross Country Travel Guide 2015 – Free to subscribers

Putting together the Cross Country Travel Guide special edition is always a pleasure. From finding out the latest developments at free-flight meccas like Annecy to talking to local pilots in far-flung places, it always reopens our eyes to the potential out there. This year we have selected several major destinations –from Annecy in France to […]





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Paragliding World Championships 2015

Paragliding World Championships 2015

Nearly 150 pilots will be heading to Roldanillo in Colombia in January for the 14th Paragliding World Championships. Pilots from around 40 nations will be competing for individual podium places as well as coveted team medals. The competition runs for two weeks – 10-24 January 2015 – and will see pilots competing in the skies […]





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Records fall in Australia as Garth and Scott go big

Records fall in Australia as Garth and Scott go big

December 11th 2014 was a record day in Australia, with two big records falling in both paragliding and rigid categories. Garth Camac set a new Australian paragliding record, flying 378km straight distance from Greenacres in the south of New South Wales to near the town of Cobar. And Scott Barett flew to a world record […]





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Riser length limiter kit for Niviuk Icepeak 7 Pro

Riser length limiter kit for Niviuk Icepeak 7 Pro

Niviuk pilots wishing to fly the Icepeak 7 Pro model in FAI cat I competitions from 2015 will need to fit a riser length limter kit to their glider, so that it conforms to CCC regulations. The limiter kit for each riser comprises the following: 3 Peguet mini maillons 3 mini inserts 2 lines (a […]





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Razeebuss Radicall electrically powered pod harness

Razeebuss Radicall electrically powered pod harness

Razeebuss, makers of electric ‘auxiliary units’ for paragliders, will be releasing their latest offering, the Radicall, in Spring 2015. Based on a Sup’Air Skypper pod harness, it’s a carbon chassis supporting a Flytec E-Drive HPD10 unit with a folding propeller from Electric Sport. The main purpose of these auxiliary units is to prolong a thermal flight: […]





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